Yellow-Jewel_75Welcome to our Geshe & Advanced Topics course schedule

These include courses taught by our resident Tibetan teacher (translated into English) and more advanced courses taught by other teachers. It is recommended that you have a good grasp of the fundamentals of Buddhist philosophy as these courses can be quite challenging.

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Merging the Heart and Mind: Teaching and Meditation Retreat
with Special Guest Geshe Thubten Sherab

Friday 17 February, 6.30 pm – Thursday 23  February, 4.00 pm.
Facility Fee $330 for the whole retreat. Accommodation and meals available separately.

It is not just a question of having great compassion and wishing for beings to be free from suffering, it requires courage to take responsibility for helping and liberating them.’ Dalai Lama October 5 2016

Special Guest Geshe Sherab returns once again to inspire us with teachings on one of the most revered texts in Tibetan Buddhism, Nagajuna’s “Precious Garland”. This week-long retreat is an incredible opportunity to learn the key points of how to develop wisdom and compassion direct from a master fluent in English. Geshe Sherab will show us how we can bravely translate these teachings into our own compassionate actions.

This text contain everything we need to reach our full potential and is a favourite of His Holiness Dalai Lama, who says, ‘To become a Buddha we need to develop the awakening mind of bodhichitta and the non-dual wisdom understanding emptiness.’ Join us for this week long exploration of how to combine heart and mind by training in wisdom and compassion.

Full retreat: Friday 17 February, 6.30 pm – Thursday 23  February, 4.00 pm.

Facility Fee $330 for the whole retreat. Accommodation and meals available separately.

Book for the entire retreat and receive a further discount of  10% discount to meals and accommodation. 

 Weekend only: Friday 17 February, 6.30 pm – Sunday 19 February, 5.00 pm.

Facility Fee $150 for the weekend. Accommodation and meals available separately.

Please Note: accommodation for the weekend only option will be available from February 1st 2017.

10% discount for members and concession card holders.

Accommodation and meals available separately. Meals must be booked before 9.30 am on the day of the event.

 Geshe Sherab and oceanGeshe Thubten Sherab was born in Menang, Nepal in 1967 and entered Kopan Monastery at the age of nine.  After ten years of study, he went to Sera Je Monastery, eventually graduating as a Geshe. He continued on to Gyume Tantric College for one year and then to Kopan Monastery for one year to teach young monks.

 From 2001 – 2003, Geshe Sherab served as a Board member at FPMT International Office, Taos, USA. He also taught at Thubten Norbu Ling Center, Santa Fe and Ksiti Garba Center, Taos.  After returning to Nepal for his own practices in 2003, he was later appointed as Head Master of Kopan Monastery (2006 – 2010) and served as acting Abbot in 2011. For the last few years, Geshe Sherab has been teaching at FPMT Centers around the world, including  USA, Mexico, Guatamala, Asia, Europe and Australia. Currently Geshe-la is resident teacher at Thubten Norbu Ling Center, book nowSanta Fe, USA.


Motivated to Meditate: Stabilising Shamatha Retreat 
with Geshe Tsultrim and Ven Tsondru

Friday 24 March 6.30 pm – Sunday 26 March 3.30 pm held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $100.

Back by popular demand! Geshela and Ven Tsondru will continue to guide us in this essential practice of meditation. New students welcome!

“The wisdom arising from meditation is not only through investigation but also from familiarisation so that it is something living, it automatically develops, and that is the counterforce [to mental afflictions]. In order to achieve that, our mind must be controlled, not by force, but by mental effort, which only comes voluntarily, never through force. That single-pointed mind you call ‘shamatha.” His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the topic of Shamatha . 

Stabilise your Shamatha practice or kick start it. Join Geshe Tsultrim  for these inspiring teachings on the benefits of  Shamatha. Ven. Tsondru will skilfully  weave practical advice and meditations around Geshela’s teachings to create a powerful experiential weekend of meditation.

Geshe Tsultrim in a ‘hands-on’ demonstration from the floor, translated by Ven Kartson

Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim was born in Tibet in 1969.  At the age of 14 he became a monk at Sera Je Monastery in India, where he was awarded his  Geshe degree (the equivalent of a doctorate in Buddhist philosophy) in 2005. Geshe Tsultrim is immensely popular for the warm and approachable way in which he presents the Dharma.

Ven. Tsondru

Venerable Tsondru is a Buddhist nun and a student of Chenrezig Institute’s Masters Programme in Buddhist Studies. She is passionate about the benefits of meditation and dedicated to sharing  practices leading to Shamatha. She run’s regular Shamatha Meditation practice days at Chenrezig now





Awakening the Joy of Compassion: How to be Kinder to Yourself and Others with Geshe Tsultrim

Saturday 13 May 9.00 am – Sunday 14 May 3.30 pm held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $100.

What is it that makes your life easy and free of confusion and problems? What brings happiness and peace into your life and allows you to share it with others? It’s your attitude – the unmistaken attitude with which you live your life and give it meaning. And what is the attitude that is most meaningful for your life? It is living with compassion. Lama Zopa Rinpoche

All of us face challenges and experience emotional pain throughout our lives. And whether we like it or not, it is often these painful experiences that transform and shape us. So how can we respond with heroism to such challenges? How can we ensure our experiences are making us stronger and braver? How can we remain open to others who can help us, and in turn reach out to them? In this course Geshela shares the joy of compassion and its truly transformational power. Find out how to empower yourself with loving kindness, both for yourself and those around you.

Saturday 13 May 9.00 am – Sunday 14 May 3.30 pm held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute. Facility fee $100.
10% discount for members and concession card holders. Accommodation and meals available separately. Meals must be booked before 10.00 am on the day of the event.  All bookings can be made on our website

Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim was born in Tibet in 1969. At the age of 14 he became a monk at Sera Je Monastery in India, where he was awarded his Geshe degree (the equivalent of a doctorate in Buddhist studies) in 2005. Geshe Tsultrim is immensely popular for the warm and approachable way in which he presents the now





Advanced Study Programme at Chenrezig Institute

Offering intensive study for serious students and creating FPMT teachers!


Plans for 2017

All five modules in 2017 will be devoted to an extensive study of Lam Rim focusing on Lama Tsong Khapa’s Middle Length Lam Rim [lam rim ‘bring ba].tsongkhapa-3

We’ll start on Losar (Tibetan New Year / 27th Feb), a most auspicious time for new beginnings. Monlam Chenmo is a two-week period of holy days after Losar, during which the Buddha performed various miracles culminating in the Day of Miracles on the 15th day.

Although of course it is best to study this most important subject in full, individual modules will be open to everyone. We’ll send out an outline of which specific subjects are likely to be taught during each module to help you choose.

Booking in advance for all courses is essential.

Download more information about the Lam Rim teachings in 2017 including all the dates of individual modules and the topics that will be included in each HERE

Registration forms for the entire subject and for individual modules will be available from January 2017. Return your form as quickly as possible to and you will then be sent information about how to formalise your booking with any applicable discount [members 10% on course fees, substantial discounts for full-time students on accommodation charges etc] Sangha are offered these teachings free of charge but are also asked to send their registration to the coordinator as early as possible.

We are also committed to helping those in financial need to attend. Please contact the coordinator early to discuss any financial issues. Please contact the coordinator on to be included on an email update list or for further information about the courses – or if you have any problem downloading these materials.

The Advanced Study Programme offered at Chenrezig Institute is a comprehensive, practice oriented course of Buddhist Study for both ordained and lay students wishing to extend their understanding of Buddhist thought and to receive a qualification which will enable them to become teachers within FPMT centres.

Currently we are following the FPMT Basic Programme, a five-year course of study designed by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Three full rounds of the subjects have already been completed at the centre, as well as an extended two-year study of Madhyamika at the higher Masters Programme Level.

Teachings are with our resident teacher, Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim, personally chosen for Chenrezig Institute by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, with his experienced interpreter and Basic Programme graduate, Ven Kartson (aka Yaki Platt), who is also assisting with tutorials.

Our presentation of the Basic Programme is special, and unique in this area, since we are able to offer intensive in house teachings in modules of between four to eight weeks, although some subjects like the Grounds and Paths of Secret Mantra and the Graduated Path to Enlightenment may be studied over 2 or even up to five of these modules. Teachings and tutorials are offered four days per week (for between 22 and 28 weeks of the year) and are complemented by group discussion and regular meditation.

Recommended attendance is full-time – attending all sessions and tests, but we do allow casual and part-time attendance where this is not possible. Please discuss this with the coordinator. It is also recommended to attend all subjects in the order they are offered for the best results, but students are permitted to attend individual modules. Homestudy packages of all subjects are available in case students wish to complete some subjects at home and others at the centre.

13618_277539762432884_9008355999838503885_nIn line with Lama Zopa’s advice, all students are also recommended to make merit through taking part in regular service and to make their study time joyful and beneficial by applying the teachings to their meditations and behaviour. Students are able to stay on site and involve themselves in all the other spiritual practices of a busy dharma centre.

It should be clear to all that this programme is advanced study for students who have some basic understanding of Buddhist Principles and who wish to apply themselves seriously to the sometimes complex material taught. The teaching assistant and senior students will support newer students along the way as much as possible and materials from previous courses are made available both for preparation prior to attending the courses, and for clarification during the study time.

The nine core subjects of FPMT’s Basic Programme are:

  • Mind and Cognition
  • Buddhist Tenets
  • A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life
  • The Graduated Path to Enlightenment
  • The Heart Sutra
  • Mahayana Mind Training (Wheel of Sharp Weapons)
  • The Sublime Continuum
  • The Fourth Chapter of the Ornament of Clear Realisation
  • The Grounds and Paths of Secret Mantra – the Lower Tantras and
  • Highest Yoga Tantra

Plus three supplementary subjects

  • Seventy Topics
  • Death Intermediate State and Rebirth (the Three Kayas)
  • A Highest Yoga Tantra Commentary

In addition Chenrezig Institute complements these subjects with:

  • Collected Topics
  • Sutra Grounds and Paths
  • Signs and Reasoning

Download an information pack which explains our programme more fully HERE.


If you simply can’t get to the centre regularly but would still like a course of study to follow, please contact about the various options.

We can send details of intermediate level study ie Discovering Buddhism modules or more advanced study ie Basic Programme packages you can work through in your own time at your own leisure. We also have a lovely package made from one of the January Lam Rim Down Under retreats, suitable for any level.

Download information on Homestudy options HERE.